The Plateau State Peace Building Agency, (PPBA) has expressed deep sadness at the ugly turn of events in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State where disturbing reports indicate a deteriorating security situation in some parts of the locality that has led to the death of scores of precious human lives and property destroyed.
This current attack is coming on the heels of pockets of attacks recorded in some parts of Barkin Ladi and Jos North LGA in the last few days.
Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monda April 17, 2023.
The statement reads:
The PPBA condemns in totality this resurgence of violence because of its potential to throw the state back into those dark days where human lives and property are destroyed at the slightest provocation.
We, therefore, commiserate with all those that have been affected by this unfortunate development especially those who lost loved ones while praying for the quick recovery of persons who sustained various degrees of injuries.
The fact that this renewed violence is coming at a time that Christendom has just celebrated the Holy Season of Easter and the Muslim faithful are still observing the Holy month of Ramadan speaks volumes of the character and personality disposition of these unscrupulous elements who do not mean well for the state and its citizens.
The attacks in Murish village, Bokkos LGA, and Jwak Mai Tumbi in Mangu LGA are an orchestrated attempt to instill fear in the minds of the people even as the wet season sets in. We, therefore, urge security operatives to go after these retrogressive elements in order to arrest the deteriorating security situation.
We also call on the traditional institutions in the affected communities, the elders, youth, women, and community leaders to rise up to their responsibilities by prevailing on their subjects to tow the path of peace in resolving all issues of conflict through dialogue and other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms rather than taking up arms that would only lead to a vicious cycle of internecine violence.